Understanding Service Chaining

One of the emerging topics of conversation related to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has been something called “service chaining”. The topic has gotten a fair bit of media focus of late, resulting in an increase in the amount of inquiry on this topic. From the questions I’ve been getting, though, its become obvious to me that […]

The Value of The Internet of Things is Like Schrödinger’s Cat

There is a scientific thought-experiment known as Schrödinger’s Cat. In order to highlight the paradox of the quantum behavior of sub-atomic particles, Erwin Schrodinger’s thought-experiment imagined placing a vial of poison, a radioactive source, and a cat into a closed box. When a sensor in the box detected the state of a radioactive particle, it […]

The Top 5 Leaps of Faith When Building a Hybrid WAN

The hybrid WAN is an idea that’s been around for decades now. Prior to being an analyst, I worked in corporate IT and I was building Internet VPN links to connect home office workers, small branch offices, or back up connections. Back in the “old days”, a hybrid WAN was definitely the exception and far […]

Why The Cloud Beats Legacy Compute Models

Recently I was a speaker at Westcon’s Cloud event in Orlando, FL. While the event was being held close to Disney, Universal Studios, and other hot spots for fun and games, the event itself was all business as the audience of value-added resellers (VARs) were busy trying to figure out how to position cloud and […]

The Internet of Things Rekindles The IT versus OT Debate

A few weeks ago in Chicago, Cisco held its second annual Internet of Things World Forum. The first event was held last year in Barcelona, one of the most advanced cities in the world, and drew a few hundred people — not bad for an inaugural event. This year’s attendance more than doubled to almost […]

Google Rolls Out An Easy-To-Use Cloud

At first glance, making the shift to cloud seems like it’s fairly easy. Call up the cloud provider, turn on the service, and away you go. As my kids say: easy peasy lemon squeezy. However, as is the case with many things, be careful what you wish for, as there is often more to the […]

If You’re Doing Cloud, You’d Better Be Doing Network Virtualization

It’s interesting how the networking industry tends to get fixated on certain topics that everyone tries to get a piece of while they are hot. It’s a little like NFL offenses. Years ago, during the 49ers dynasty, everyone was trying to do some version of the west coast offense. More recently, the wildcat was something […]

Goodbye Interop New York, Bring Back the Real Interop Show

Interop New York wrapped up 2 weeks ago at the Javits Center. I’ve always found Javits to be an odd location for the Fall Interop show given the relative size of the event compared to the capacity of the venue. Even with a well-attended event, the enormity of the Javits Center sucks much of the […]

Welcome to the New IP Network

A short while ago, data center specialist, Brocade, held its annual financial analyst conference. During his keynote, CEO Lloyd Carney, introduced the audience to a concept called the “new IP network”. The concept behind the new IP network is that the network needs to evolve to meet the demands of cloud computing, mobility, and the […]

Turning Oracle Over To A Hurd of Catz

Oracle Open World 2014 kicks off next week and promises to be like no other as, I’m sure everyone is well aware, last week the company’s CEO, Larry Ellison, announced he was turning the reigns over to the duo of Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Ellison also announced he wasn’t leaving the company; rather, he […]